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When COVID hit in March of 2021, businesses were hit particularly hard. Local businesses like Buddyz have worked hard to attract business in the year since the shutdown.

Yes, we’re open

Joe Hissem, Staff Writer May 12, 2021

The global pandemic’s year-long reign has managed to seep its way into the family-owned businesses of the city of McHenry, many of which closed after during the virus's spread and non-essential businesses...

Right now, Illinois restaurants and bars are supposed to be closed to indoor dining. Though this helps stop the spread of COVID-19, it unfairly punishes the small business who should not have to bear the brunt of the pandemic.

Opinion: Don’t punish local businesses

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor January 12, 2021

Humans have witnessed countless horrible, traumatic events — events that have left them seeking out any form of solidarity they can find, begging on their knees for better days, and wondering how they'd...

From Black Friday until Christmas Eve, people flood stores looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. This year has been the opposite of normal, though, so shoppers shouldnt shop as they normally do.

Opinion: Shop safe this holiday season

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

What do you get when you cross a global pandemic and Thanksgiving weekend? A super spreading event that causes more transmissions in a state where numbers are still steadily rising. Black Friday shopping...

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many local small businesses hard, one of those hard hit businesses being The Bike Haven in McHenry Illinois.

Businesses on the brim

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 16, 2020

As the government continues to close businesses for the safety of citizens, many stores and restaurants are finding themselves in a difficult situation; stay open and risk getting citizens and workers...

Essential workers are already putting their lives at risk to keep people healthy. Though businesses are excited to reopen their doors, doing so would put public back at risk unnecessarily.

Opinion: Keep the economy closed

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

A teenager works in a fast food restaurant, considered an “essential worker.” A woman comes to the drive thru, angrily ranting to her husband about how “stupid and unnecessary” it is that the restaurant...

Senior Kaili Wegner sells her handmade earrings locally and donates 50% of the proceeds to local organizations. She is one of a handful of seniors who has started a small business during the shelter-in-place order.

Young professionals

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer May 13, 2020

For seniors, graduation marks the end of high school, an unforgettable period of their lives full of challenges and triumphs. But it also marks the beginning of their professional lives and careers. However,...

While many businesses in the state of Illinois remain closed due to Governor Pritzkers shelter-in-place order, others have found a way to remain open by offering delivery or curbside pickup. But how long can the economy wait to re-open?

Opinion: It’s time to open up

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor May 8, 2020

There is no denying the huge impact that COVID-19 has made on the world especially in the United States, and even more narrowly on New York. Hundreds of thousands of people have been diagnosed, and millions...

resident Donald J. Trump takes questions from the press during a coronavirus update briefing Sunday, April 19, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

Trump announces plan to re-open the U.S. economy

Kyla Henige, News Editor April 27, 2020

Though COVID-19 has put everything on hold in the United States, President Donald Trump called for states to start opening at their own pace. In a press conference on April 16, Trump officially gave...

Though COVID-19 forced many local businesses to shut down, some restaurants like Riverside Bakery have remained open for curbside pickup. Coronavirus has impacted what was a booming economy in unprecedented ways.

Local bakeries weather the pandemic

Apryl Hanneman, Contributing Writer April 20, 2020

Since March 20 when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home order, many local bakeries have struggled to stay afloat, including Kiera Confections, Riverside Bakeshop, and Sweet Peas Emporium.    Even...

Though most people are practicing social distancing by working at home, others considered essential still have to head to work every single day, including students at MCHS. But many teenagers dont feel safe working at the frontlines of a global pandemic.

Essential

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor April 15, 2020

An MCHS student lets out a shaky breath as she pulls her ponytail through the opening in the back of her uniform hat. As she pulls a blue latex glove over her freshly-washed, frail fingers, she closes...

Though the decision to practice social distancing is the right decision, the consequences for high school students — especially seniors, who may miss prom, spring athletics, Decision Day, or even graduation — is more than unfortunate.

Opinion: Coronavirus ruined my senior year

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor March 19, 2020

Imagine spending your whole life dreaming about your senior year of high school -- seniority rules in clubs and sports, the feeling of your last track meet and going as hard as you can to make it all count,...

Christmas is a time for holiday joy and giving. Though with changing times and attitudes, have corporations taken over the spirit of Christmas?

Opinion: Christmas for business?

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor December 20, 2019

The Christmas season is a time for friends, family, and appreciation. It’s also a time for the stress of feeling pressured to buy presents for loved ones. As the holiday approaches, many people may feel...

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